Waiver Wire Week 4

Waiver Wire Week 4

“Saquon Barkley down. Doesn’t look good at all.” were the words that my phone got bombarded with from text messages from friends. Now, every fantasy owner in the world is looking at New York Giants back up running back Wayne Gallman as the top waiver add of the week. But is he really worth it? The volume should be there, but will you actually use him in your starting lineup? It’s a critical week in the world of fantasy football as we have more injuries to deal with along with the start of NFL bye weeks. But before we dive in, let’s do a quick recap of my waiver wire recommendations from last week.

Waiver Wire Week 4

Last Week Recap

The Quarterbacks stole the show as Daniel Jones and Gardner Minshew both had excellent games whereas Mason Rudolph and Teddy Bridgewater both put in serviceable performances. All should be added in Superflex leagues if still out there, with Jones and Minshew being my preferred targets in redraft leagues.

At running back, Jeff Wilson Jr. proved to be a thorn in the side of Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida owners as he looks fully entrenched as the teams goal-line back, punching in two more scores from short. With all three involved, it will be near impossible to pick the right play on a weekly basis, relegating all of them to boom or bust RB3’s.  Frank Gore looks like he will be a serviceable back for as long as Devin Singletary is out. He is not the playmaker he once was, but the volume he is getting should make him an all floor/no ceiling type of guy for your team. Last week, I read that Ronald Jones possibly got injured, which is why he was barely used in Week 2. After watching this week’s game, I believe that was the case as he was featured like he was in Week 1, combining for a total of 121 yards and looking light years better than Peyton Barber. Still available in 41% of leagues, it would be smart to grab him if you need help at running back. It is only a matter of time before he takes that starting spot.

For the pass catchers, Nelson Agholor had a not so great real-life game, committing some terrible drops, but he did enjoy a nice fantasy day and looks to be the receiver to own in Philly while Jackson and Jeffery are out. Will Dissly caught two touchdowns this past week and now gets an Arizona Cardinals team that has gotten absolutely shredded by opposing tight ends all season long. The Chiefs receivers, Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman, both scored touchdowns and DJ Chark is looking like an every-week WR2.

Now let’s get down to your Week 4 targets. Remember, these players are only owned in less than 60% of leagues.

Waiver Wire Rankings: Week 4

Rank TM Position Player Short Term Long Term
RB Rex Burkhead 1 1
RB Wayne Gallman 2 3
RB Alexander Mattison 4 2
RB Jamaal Williams 3 4
RB TJ Yeldon 5 5
Rank Team Position Player Short Term Long Term
WR Golden Tate 5 1
WR Phillip Dorsett 1 2
WR Preston Williams 2 3
WR Diontae Johnson 3 4
WR Adam Humphries 4 5
Rank Team Position Player Short Term Long Term
TE Will Dissly 1 1
TE Dawson Knox 2 2
  • Short Term: Stepping in for an injured player or good matchup next week. Temporary fix
  • Long Term: A player who has higher rest of season potential. Higher upside stash

Wayne Gallman

Running Back 1.2% owned

Saquon Barkley is expected to miss anywhere from four to eight weeks with his ankle injury, leaving Wayne Gallman as the Giants starting running back… for now. I would expect the Giants to announce the signing of someone within the next day or so to add depth, but as it stands, Gallman is looking at an every-down role as the Barkley replacement.

Gallman is average at best with a subpar Offensive Line in front of him. I wouldn’t be expecting much and would be cautious with the amount of FAAB you spend on him this week. He should be a volume-driven low end RB2 at best, better treated as an RB3. This obviously changes when the Giants add to their backfield this week. Notice I said will and not when. I say this because it is 100% going to happen. So keep an eye out for who they add and readjust accordingly. Hopefully, that comes before Wednesday so that you can more accurately know what to expect from this Giants backfield moving forward. But if you blow a large amount of your FAAB on him and the Giants sign a guy Thursday who can step in on early downs, you just wasted a lot of money on a part-time player behind a bad offensive line. So just be aware of the risk.

Alexander Mattison

Running Back 13.1% owned

Alexander MattisonIf you read one of my previous articles, “Handcuffs Worth Drafting”, then you should already know who Alexander Mattison is. But if you didn’t, Mattison is an extremely talented runner, behind one of the most injury-prone running backs in the league and just so happens to be on one of the most run-oriented teams in the NFL. In relief of Cook this week, Mattison took 12 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown. He is the ultimate lottery ticket for an end of your roster stash. He could possibly give you RB1 numbers if Cook were to ever go down.

Jamaal Williams

Running Back 15.9% owned

This guy just won’t go away… Coming off a monster performance in Week 2, where Aaron Jones amassed 150 total yards and a touchdown, Coach Mike McCarthy..errrr…I mean Coach Matt Lafleur, my bad, chose to play Jamaal Williams over Jones in Week 3. Williams accounted for 61.4% of the offensive snaps whereas jones only accounted for 38.6%. We thought this was over once the Packers fired McCarthy but apparently not, and as much as I would love to say to not pick him up, with that kind of exposure, you have to consider it. He should be looked at as a low-end RB3 for now.

Phillip Dorsett | Rex Burkhead

Dorsett 11.4% owned | Burk: 22.1% owned

When these two guys enjoyed a successful opener in Week 1, I said that I wouldn’t be spending much FAAB on them because of Antonio Brown coming into town. Well thanks to the antics of Brown, that only lasted a week, which vaulted Dorsett and Burkhead back into relevancy following down Week 2 performances. In the two games without Brown, Dorsett has caught 10 balls for 148 yards and three touchdowns. Burkhead has caught 11 balls for 62 yards while rushing 19 times for 91 yards and a touchdown. James White was inactive this week, but in Week 1 where he was active, both Dorsett and Burkhead were still involved, with Burkhead splitting out wide on numerous occasions. Dorsett is now locked into three-receiver sets and Burkhead continues to be used all over the field, making both fine grabs for this week’s waiver wire.

Diontae Johnson

Wide Receiver 1.8% owned

Earlier this week, it was announced that Johnson would be starting over Donte Moncrief, who has struggled with drops up to this point in the season. That proved to be true as Johnson played on 79.2% of the offensive snaps, snagging three targets for 52 yards and a touchdown. He looked good running routes and caught the ball well, which should earn him the starting spot in three-receiver sets for the rest of the season. This Steelers team could be playing catch up all season long, forcing Rudolph to air it out to his receivers. I would only be giving Johnson consideration in slightly larger leagues, but he is a great target to acquire in dynasty if his owner is not yet savvy to his potential that he brings.

Preston Williams

Wide Receiver 3.2% owned

You are probably thinking that you have to avoid any Miami Dolphins players like the plague in fantasy. While that is mostly true, there is at least one guy I would consider, Preston Williams, who is emerging as the WR1 for the Dolphins. Josh Rosen is fully entrenched as the starter from here on out, and he enjoyed some nice success and rapport with Preston Williams in the Pre-Season. Williams has quietly produced three straight games of at least 10 points in PPR settings. He has seen his snap percentage rise every game, setting a new high this week playing in 95.8% of the team’s offensive snaps. If you haven’t noticed already, the Dolphins are going to be down pretty much all 16 games they play this year. That means a ton of potential volume for Williams, who if he already hasn’t, should surpass Devante Parker as the teams WR1. Get him for cheap while you still can.

Quick Hits

  • Kyle Allen excelled in his start against the Cardinals, throwing for 261 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. Cam Newton has already been ruled out for Week 4, which makes Allen a serviceable fill in for at least one more week while Cam rehabs his injury.
  • Tight end Dawson Knox, had a highlight play where he stiff-armed one defender than proceeded to truck another defender into oblivion right after. It was a beautiful sight to see. That play aside, in TE premium leagues, Knox is worth a look, but for redraft, I would only spend no more than 5% of your FAAB on him. I need to see what his workload looks like when Tyler Kroft finally suits up before I buy in all the way.
  • In very deep leagues, scour the wire for some running backs who were most likely dropped, but could be good fits for the Giants as they look to add a body after the Barkley injury. Depending on who it is, they could go from the couch to a decent role, with only the middling Wayne Gallman standing in the way. Some names I think could fit and may be worth a Pro-Active add are: Jay Ajayi, CJ Anderson, Josh Adams, Spencer Ware and Orleans Darkwa. Kenyan Drake trade anyone????
  • If Devin Singletary misses again next week, TJ Yeldon could be a sneaky one week play. He should be more heavily involved with the Patriots coming to town, which should keep the Bills throwing all game, which is where he excels over Gore.
  • Marcus Mariota is absolutely terrible. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Ryan Tannehill take over the starting gig within the next 1-2 weeks. Superflexers take note. In addition, Adam Humphries could be a guy worth adding for when Tannehill takes over which should give a boost to all the Titan pass catchers. Throw a few low ball offers for Corey Davis and AJ Brown while you’re at it.
  • Don’t forget about the impending return of Golden Tate in Week 5. Check your wires for him.
  • The Chargers play the Dolphins next week. Fire up Chargers DST. That is all.
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Good Luck Week 4!

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